Men's Basketball Set to Host Albany at The Roof Wednesday Night

GO TERRIERS D.J. Irving is trying to become just the third Terrier at 6-foot-0 or shorter to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
D.J. Irving is trying to become just the third Terrier at 6-foot-0 or shorter to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Feb. 19, 2013

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BOSTON - Seeking its fifth-straight victory and eighth win in nine games, the Boston University men's basketball team welcomes Albany to Case Gymnasium on Wednesday night with action set to begin at 7 p.m. The game holds serious implications in the America East standings, as both remain within striking of league leader Stony Brook.

Sitting at 15-11 and 9-4 in conference play, the Terriers are currently two games behind the Seawolves (19-6, 10-2 AE) with just three games remaining in the regular season, including two at home against Albany (19-8, 8-5 AE) and Stony Brook.

The Last Meeting
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January 23, 2013
Albany, N.Y.
Terriers Rally Late to Stun Albany in Overtime, 85-80
Junior D.J. Irving and freshman Maurice Watson Jr. combined for 41 points and sophomore Malik Thomas posted his first career double-double to help lead the Boston University men's basketball team to a thrilling come-from-behind 85-80 overtime victory at Albany.

Besides seeking a share of the regular season title, the Great Danes will be motivated against BU following the Terriers' thrilling 85-80 come-from-behind overtime victory back on Jan. 23 at SEFCU Arena. Albany will also want to snap its eight-game losing streak to BU.

Just 21 points away from reaching the 1,000-point milestone, junior D.J. Irving was clutch in the final nine seconds, draining two 3-pointers to send the game to overtime. Freshman John Papale took over in the extra session, scoring nine points off three treys to help BU claim the win.

The Terriers' offense has continued to stay on the attack since then, averaging a league-high 68.1 ppg while shooting 44.7 percent on the season. Irving leads BU at 14.2 ppg, while freshman Maurice Watson Jr. is averaging 10.8 ppg and a conference-high 5.2 apg. Inside the paint, junior Dom Morris ranks second in the league at 55.7 percent shooting while averaging 11.6 ppg.

On the defensive end, BU has held its last three opponents below 60 points and 34.9 percent shooting. More importantly, the Terriers have out-rebounded their last four opponents despite ranking sixth in the league with a -1.7 margin. One reason for the team's recent success at the glass has been the play of the backcourt. Both Watson and Irving combined for 18 rebounds against New Hampshire, as BU posted a season-high 43 rebounds.

They will have their hands full though on Wednesday with Albany ranking third in the league in rebound margin (+2.7). Standing 6-foot-6, Sam Rowley has averaged 10.7 ppg and 8.2 rpg in league play. The Great Danes also have big men in 6-foot-10 John Puk (4.1 rpg) and 6-foot-9 Blake Metcalf (4.6 rpg).

Besides protecting the glass with its size, Albany has the speed to push the ball up the court and score points. Mike Black is averaging 14.9 ppg and 2.6 apg, while Jacob Iati is averaging 12.6 ppg behind 2.9 made 3-pointers per game. The Great Danes have won three of their last four games by scoring at least 75 points against Binghamton, UMBC and Hartford. They swept the Hawks, an opponent that had similar success against BU.

Following the game, the Terriers will hit the road for the final time with a trip south to Baltimore. BU will face UMBC on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 7 p.m.



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